The Chicago Cubs today claimed infielder Mat Gamel off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gamel, 28, missed the 2013 season recovering from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and finished the campaign on the 60-day disabled list, where he remains today. The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower played parts of the previous five seasons in the big leagues with the Brewers (2008-12), posting a .229 batting average (55-for-240) with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBI in 106 big league contests. In his major league career, Gamel has seen action at first base (22 games), third base (35 games) and left field (three games).
In his most recent full professional campaign in 2011, Gamel spent most of the season with Triple-A Nashville where he batted .310 (153-for-493) with 29 doubles, 28 home runs and 96 RBI in 128 games. Gamel made his first Brewers Opening Day roster in 2012 but suffered a torn right ACL just 21 games into his season on May 1 in San Diego. He reinjured the ligament during spring training of 2013.
Gamel was originally selected by the Brewers in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft and earned Topps Minor League Player of the Year honors in 2008 after hitting .329 (167-for-508) with 35 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers and 96 RBI in 127 games with Double-A Huntsville. Gamel made his big league debut with Milwaukee near the end of the 2008 campaign.